House and Home – Scaffolding Boards Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:25:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 House and Home – Scaffolding Boards 32 32 5 Ways Women in the Workplace Can Set Healthy Boundaries to Fight Burnout Thu, 23 Jun 2022 05:25:29 +0000

All of us women fulfill many roles in our lives. We are managers, leaders, and mentors at work, and then perhaps mothers, wives, and partners at home. We were socialized and brought up to believe that we should have busy and demanding careers during the day and then come home to cook dinner, clean the house and take care of our families at night.

While 57% of American women have paid jobs and 77% of working women are employed full timewe are always eight times more likely than men to be primarily responsible for housework and childcare.

It’s no wonder women have been leaving the workforce at record rates during the pandemic, one in three women planning to reorient their career or leave the labor market in 2021. Burnout is on the rise, with 42% of working women reporting feeling burnt out in 2021, compared to 32% of women in 2020.

I believe we can have it all – successful careers and families – but that means we absolutely can’t do it all on our own. Healthy boundaries are paramount to fighting burnout and having a long and fulfilling career.

The concept of boundaries didn’t exist until the 1980s, when it was first introduced by therapists and self-help groups. Thus, most working women today were not raised by adults who modeled healthy boundaries. For many women, the word boundaries can carry a negative connotation and bring up difficult emotions such as guilt: we were raised and socialized as young girls to be helpers, givers and keepers. Saying “no” does not come naturally to us.

Here are 5 ways to set healthy boundaries to combat burnout:

1. Allow yourself to completely disconnect from work when you leave work.

Just before you leave work, turn on your out-of-office messages on your email service. Then, when you go out, set your phone and email notifications to “do not disturb” so you’re not available the moment you leave the building. Do the same if you work from home. You are not available outside opening hours.

2. Have a relaxation ritual to separate work from home.

Your car journey or your commute to work is sacred, alone time for you. On the way home, do something relaxing that allows you to decompress. Listen to your favorite podcast, audiobook or playlist. Do what you want while on the go. If you work from home, take a walk at the end of the workday to clear your mind of the day.

3. Share the load.

If you have a partner or spouse, share the household load with them. Remember: there is no Assumed Where should when it comes to your responsibilities as a working woman. So, when you come home already exhausted from your workday, split dinner and evening responsibilities evenly. If you are a single parent, ask for help from grandparents, neighbors or friends. Do not hesitate to ask for help.

4. Outsource any task that drains your energy.

Whenever you can, hire help like a housekeeper, gardener or nanny. Schedule a grocery store or meal delivery service. Hire a virtual personal assistant. Find a babysitter every week so you and your partner can hang out or have time for each other. By doing these things, you are not only unloading stressors from your life, but you are also providing valuable and meaningful work to people who need it. Like most working women, you probably have student loans, a mortgage, a car loan, and credit card bills and are reluctant to spend more money on hiring help. But consider the alternative: do it all yourself and wear yourself out in the process.

5. When you prioritize your personal well-being and self-care, you are modeling important boundaries.

If you don’t agree, you can’t take care of someone else in your life. If you have children, remember that they are watching you. With your partner, model the relationship you want your children to have with their partner one day. Show them that both parents are responsible for caring for the home and the family equally. that both parents are equally responsible for home care. If you’re a single parent, model what it’s like to ask for and receive help from others, and that all the blame isn’t on you just because you’re a mother. And if you have children, don’t forget to entrust them with household chores as well. Having them do chores will lighten your load and provide valuable lessons in responsibility.

It is normal for new behaviors to be uncomfortable. Discomfort is a sign that you are growing! When you set healthy boundaries to combat burnout, you model freedom, self-care, and leadership for our next generation of working women.

Extract of Boundaries for Female Physicians: Love Your Life and Career in Medicine published by Visionary Women Publishing. Copyright © 2022 by Tammie Chang.
‘Day zero’: This town is counting down the days until its water taps run dry Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:55:00 +0000 It’s the bumpy road – which winds between tight slums and state-funded beige houses – that makes it difficult to balance containers filled with 70 liters of water on its way back.

“At home, you feel far away when you push 70 kilograms of water in a wheelbarrow,” said the 49-year-old resident of the impoverished South African township of Kwanobuhle.

Taps dried up in parts of Kwanobuhle in March, and since then thousands of residents have relied on a single communal tap to supply their homes with drinking water. And the township is just one of many townships in the Nelson Mandela Bay area of ​​Gqeberha town that rely on a system of four dams that have been steadily drying up for months. There hasn’t been enough heavy rain to replenish them.

Now much of the city is counting down to “day zero”, the day when all the taps run dry, when no significant amount of water can be extracted. That’s in about two weeks, unless authorities seriously ramp up their response.

The wider Eastern Cape region of South Africa has suffered severe multi-year drought between 2015 and 2020, which devastated the local economy, especially its agricultural sector. It had only a brief respite before falling back into drought at the end of 2021.

Like so many of the world’s worst natural resource crises, the severe water shortage here is a combination of mismanagement and distorted weather patterns caused by human-induced climate change.

On top of that, thousands of leaks throughout the water supply system mean that much of the water that comes out of dams may never reach homes. Poor maintenance, such as a faulty pump on a main water supply, only made the situation worse.

This has left Malambile – who lives with her sister and four children – no choice but to drive around the township with her wheelbarrow every day for the past three months. Without this daily ritual, he and his family would have no drinking water at all.

“People who don’t live here have no idea what it’s like to wake up in the morning, and the first thing that comes to mind is water,” Malambile said. His family has enough containers to hold 150 liters of water, but every day he fills about half of them while the rest is still used at home.

“Tomorrow those are empty, and I have to bring them back,” he said. “It’s my routine, every day, and it’s tiring.”

Countdown to day zero

The outlook for significant rains to help replenish reservoirs here looks bleak, and if things continue as they are, around 40% of Gqeberha town will be left without running water at all.

The Eastern Cape relies on weather systems known as “minimal lows”. Slow-moving weather systems can produce rains of more than 50 millimeters (about 2 inches) in 24 hours, followed by days of persistent wet weather. The problem is, that kind of rain just doesn’t come.

The next few months do not paint a promising picture either. In its seasonal climate forecast, the South African Meteorological Service predicts below normal rainfall.

This is not a recent trend. For nearly a decade, the catchments of Nelson Mandela Bay’s main supply dams have received below average rainfall. Water levels have slowly declined to the point where all four dams sit at a combined level of less than 12% of their normal capacity. According to city officials, less than 2% of the remaining water supply is actually usable.

Cape Town’s 2018 water crisis, which was also triggered by the previous severe drought as well as management issues, is fresh on people’s minds here. City residents would line up for their individually rationed 50 liters of water each day, for fear of reaching day zero. He never reached that point, but he got dangerously close. Strict rationing allowed the city to halve its water consumption and avoid the worst.

And with no heavy rain expected, Nelson Mandela Bay officials are so worried about their own zero day that they are asking residents to drastically reduce their water usage. They simply have no choice, said the municipality’s water supply manager, Joseph Tsatsire.

“While it is difficult to control each person’s consumption, we hope to get the message across that it is crucial that everyone reduces their consumption to 50 liters per person per day,” he said.

A sign urging residents to limit their water consumption in the suburb of Gqeberha.
To put this into perspective, the average American uses more than seven times that amount, at 82 gallons (372 liters) per day.

While some parts of the city will likely never feel the full impact of a possible zero day, various interventions are underway to help people in so-called “red” areas where their taps inevitably dry up.

Earlier this month, the South African national government sent a high-ranking delegation to Nelson Mandela Bay to take charge of the crisis and implement contingency strategies to stretch the town’s latest dwindling supply.

Finding and repairing leaks was a focus, while plans are underway to extract “dead storage water” below current levels from supply dams. Boreholes have been drilled in some places to extract groundwater.

Some of the interventions – including repairing leaks and trucking in water – mean some people who had lost their water supply at home are starting to have a trickle from their taps at night. But that’s not enough, and authorities are looking for bigger, longer-term solutions to a problem that’s only should get worse the warmer the Earth gets.
Workers constructing a water collection point in the Walmer suburb of Gqeberha.
South Africa is naturally drought prone, but the kind of multi-year droughts that cause so much misery and disruption are more and more frequent.

A desalination plant – to purify water from the oceans for public consumption – is under consideration, although such projects take months of planning, are expensive and often contribute more to the climate crisis, when fueled by fossil fuels.

Residents of Kwanobuhle are worried about the future, wondering when the crisis will end.

At the communal tap, Babalwa Manyube, 25, fills her own water canisters while her one-year-old daughter waits in her car.

“Flushing the toilet, cooking, cleaning – these are problems we all face when there is no water in the taps,” she said. “But raising a baby and having to worry about water is a whole different story. And when will that end? No one can tell us.”

Adapt at home

In Kwanobuhle, public housing is for people with little or no income. Unemployment is rampant and crime is on the rise. The streets are crowded with people looking for money. Former shipping containers operate as makeshift hair salons.

Just across the metro is Kamma Heights, a new leafy suburb located on a hill with a beautiful, sweeping view of the city. It is punctuated by several newly built luxury homes, and residents can often be seen sitting on their balconies, enjoying the last rays of sunshine before the sun sets behind the horizon.

Some residents of Kamma Heights are wealthy enough to secure an emergency water supply. Rhett Saayman, 46, breathes a sigh of relief every time it rains and he hears the water flowing in the reservoirs he has erected around his house over the past two years.

Her plan to save money on water in the long term has proven to be an invaluable investment in securing her household water supply.

Saayman has a storage capacity of 18,500 liters. Water for general household use, such as bathrooms, passes through a 5 micron particulate filter and carbon block filter, while drinking and cooking water passes through a reverse osmosis filter.

Rhett Saayman standing next to one of his many water tanks at his home in Kamma Heights.

“We still depend on municipal water from time to time when we haven’t had enough rain, but it can happen two or three times a year, and normally only for a few days at a time,” he said. declared. “The last time we used municipal water was in February, and since then we have had enough rain to feed ourselves.”

He added: “Looking at the way things are going in the city, it’s really a relief to know that we have clean water and enough to flush the toilet and take a shower. Our investment is paying off. its fruit.”

Residents in many parts of the Bay Area are being urged to reduce their usage so that water can be routed through standpipes – temporary pipes placed in strategic locations so that water can be diverted to areas who need it most.

This means that some of the city’s wealthier neighborhoods, such as Kama Heights, could see a huge drop in their water supply, and they too will have to queue at communal taps, just like those in Kwanobuhle do.

Looking ahead, local weather authorities have painted a worrisome picture for months to come, with some warnings that the problem has been left to rot for so long it may be impossible to reverse.

“We’ve been warning city officials about this for years,” said Garth Sampson, spokesman for the South African Meteorological Service at Nelson Mandela Bay. “Whether you want to blame politicians and civil servants for their mismanagement, or the public for not conserving water, it doesn’t matter anymore. more.”

Water flows from a tap at a water collection point in the suburb of Walmer in Gqeberha, South Africa.  This is one of many collection areas set up in the city.

According to Sampson, the watersheds feeding Nelson Mandela Bay need about 50 millimeters of rain in a 24-hour period for there to be a significant impact on dam levels.

“Looking at the stats from the last few years, our best chance of seeing 50 millimeter events will probably be in August. If we don’t see significant rainfall by September, then our next best chance is not until around March of the year. next year, which is concerning,” he said.

“The only way to end this water crisis is with a flood. But fortunately or unfortunately – depending on who you ask – there are no forecasts suggesting rain of this magnitude anytime soon.”

Garage fire linked to welding sparks damages Hunters Circle home in Bend; firefighters save 2 cats Sun, 19 Jun 2022 00:22:30 +0000

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — A garage fire related to welding sparks damaged a home in the north end of Bend on Saturday afternoon, but residents escaped unscathed and firefighters rescued two cats, who go as well, said a fire official.

The fire was reported around 1:30 p.m. in the 63000 block of Hunters Circle, north of Cooley Road and east of Highway 97.

Crews arrived to find a small fire in the garage and smoke throughout the house, Deputy Fire Marshal Cindy Kettering said. Smoke detectors had sounded and residents were safely evacuated except for two cats taken out of the house by firefighters.

The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. Although fire damage was limited to the garage, there was smoke damage throughout the house, meaning it cannot be occupied at this time, Kettering said. An American Red Cross disaster response team was called in to help the three adult residents, along with their two cats.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the house and $20,000 to contents.

Investigators learned that a resident had been welding in the garage shortly before the fire. Kettering said there was no space between where the welding was done and a large amount of combustible material piled up. Welding sparks smoldered and ignited in the materials, she said.

“Bend Fire & Rescue would like to remind the community that ‘hot work’ such as welding or grinding can present a fire hazard, and that proper precautions should be taken before beginning this type of work,” a Kettering said in a press release. “The work area should be free of combustible materials and a fire extinguisher should be nearby. Appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should be worn.

“After welding or grinding maintain a fire watch in the area for at least 30 minutes,” Kettering added. For more information on home security, visit their website at

]]> 3 tips for buying a house out of sight with no regrets Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:15:30 +0000

  • Hannah Selinger and her husband bought their house in Massachusetts without seeing them.
  • For many people, submitting offers without viewing a property was a fact of life in the hot real estate market.
  • Insider spoke to buyers and real estate agents on how to navigate buying a home out of sight.

In 2021, when the journalist Hannah Selinger and her husband decided to buy a house in Boxford, Massachusetts, they soon realized they would have to do it without seeing them. They were a six-hour drive away, and in a hot market where buyers often have to beat multiple offers within hours of listing the home, it just wasn’t possible to view the properties.

Five unsuccessful bids later, they bid on a house they’ve only seen on Zillow and in videos taken by their real estate agent. When they actually saw the house, Selinger told Insider she was surprised by “ceilings that were a little lower than expected and one of the bedrooms was smaller than we thought.”

But a year after buying a house without seeing it, Selinger doesn’t regret it. She even said she would do it again.

Although risky, blind buying has become a common occurrence during the pandemic – and it’s not going away. New York real estate agent Jesse Moss told Insider via email, “I’ve sold several properties in Miami without ever seeing the properties myself, never meeting the seller in person, and never meeting the buyer in person.”

These kinds of stories are familiar to real estate agents operating in a market that, if anything, has only become more aggressive since 2020. But with them, these veteran buyers and agents have learned a few things about how to perform. a blind purchase.

Take advantage of technology


and other video chat technologies seem to have become a permanent fixture in the real estate market. Prior to the pandemic, some buyers invested in specific homes and new-build developments based solely on virtual scale models. What has changed during the pandemic is that virtual presence has become commonplace in all facets of life.

When the real estate agent Alyssa Bleau, who bought and sold homes without seeing them, decided to move from New York to North Carolina, his agent provided a showing via FaceTime. But she relied heavily on Matterport, a 3D modeling platform, to visit a 3D twin of her future home and measure the space for furniture.

Since moving to North Carolina, Bleau works primarily with out-of-state clients in the same boat.

Your real estate agent should be your most reliable emissary

In a virtual projection, the real estate agent holds the camera. Buyers need to work with someone they trust not to cut the horrors out of the frame. There are also things that do not appear on the screen.

Barry Weiss of Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Realty told Insider that it will do just about anything to give its customers a full taste of what they are buying, short of crawling under the house.

“With offers coming in with [non-refundable] filings prior to the full home inspection, our customers rely on us to check for odors, dampness, mold, paint quality, appliance quality, and even if electrical outlets are working,” Weiss said.

When purchasing his 1926 Spanish Tudor home in Glendale, California, Meg Chapham enlisted neighbors and friends both to help with his local house search and to acquire photos and videos of potential homes. Chapham, the chief editor of


The children and family eventually got in touch with the sellers of his house through a neighbor. They were about to put their house on the market, and it came early.

Not only does Chapham love her home after two years, but she’s developed a close friendship with even unseen sellers.

“I want [buy sight-unseen] again, but I’d say we were exceptionally lucky with the previous owners,” she told Insider. “They ended up becoming friends. Their kindness and honesty throughout the process was unmatched.”

Know what your deciding factors are

Although buying a house out of sight is a risk, it must be calculated. Even with the best real estate agents and virtual resources, a buyer who doesn’t know what they want will end up being disappointed.

While real estate agent Weiss successfully sold several homes in Wilmington, North Carolina, he saw one buyer lose a non-refundable due diligence fee because she changed her mind about the property.

“As thorough as we were, she watched the house on video after a rainstorm and felt uneasy about what might happen during a hurricane,” Weiss said. Even though Weiss said he and his partner pointed out to the buyer from the outside early on about the standing water under the house, it wasn’t until after his offer was accepted that she noticed. realized that she was not comfortable with the property.

Conversely, savvy buyers who know their limits are more likely to be happy with a blind-bought home. Journalist Selinger said, “I write about real estate and have a good understanding of what kinds of things are easily fixable and what kinds of things are deal breakers.”

The bad surprises – the low ceilings and the small bedroom – weren’t intimidating because she knew the difference.

Architect Harry Gesner, known for the Wave House, dies at 97 Tue, 14 Jun 2022 18:02:00 +0000
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To design a great home, Californian architect Harry Gesner believed in spending time on the property, not on the drawing board. While working on a home for one of his high profile clients – a logging baron, a swimsuit mogul, a Hollywood legend with eight Oscar nominations to his name – he would spend hours on site, studying the wind and the sun and seeking inspiration from the view.

For a Malibu beach house he was designing in the 1950s, he took to the sea, paddling his surfboard to survey property from a spot beyond the breaking waves. From there, he made the first drawings of what became his most famous building, the Wave House, using a grease pencil to draw its curved, wave-like roof directly onto his longboard.

Mr. Gesner’s designs were inspired by the shape of a sandcastle, the wings of a bird and the scales of a fish. Their unorthodox appearance reflected the adventurous spirit of an architect who once had a romantic relationship with actress June Lockhart while performing waterskiing stunts on Lake Arrowhead, and then survived the invasion. of D-Day in Normandy thanks to a surfing technique, the diving duck, which he used. to avoid enemy fire while heading towards Omaha Beach.

Over the years, Gesner has also worked as a deckhand on actor Errol Flynn’s yacht, researched ancient artifacts in Ecuador, hunted the tomb of conquistador Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, and tinkered with inventions, designing a Kentucky processing plant in the 1960s that processed waste. fertilizer and converting his 1957 Mercedes convertible into an electric car more than five decades after it was purchased.

But above all, he designed houses, seeking to create environmentally friendly homes that served as a source of joy, not just shelter. To this end, he often added surprises to his buildings: for the Scantlin House, located in what is now the Getty Center in Los Angeles, he designed a lap pool that spanned nearly 100 feet, culminating in a waterfall of water that hid an underwater passage leading to the main bathroom of the house.

“You come around the corner, look in an alcove and see something you like…it takes the drudgery and the boredom out of life,” he once told the Los Angeles Times, explaining his fondness. for unexpected fulfillment.

Mr. Gesner was 97 when he died on June 10 at the Sandcastle, the mushroom-shaped house he had built for himself in Malibu, right next to the Wave House. The cause was cancer, said her stepson, Casey Dolan.

Although he took commissions across the country, Mr. Gesner was best known for his mid-century designs in Southern California, which often featured curved walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and natural materials like stone. fields of Santa Barbara and bird’s eye maple. His houses were often located in unusual places, embedded in the narrow walls of a canyon or pushed above a rocky beach.

“The challenge is what is exciting in architecture,” he said in a 2016 interview with Dwell magazine. “People were always saying, ‘Well, that’s terrible. It is an impossible place to build. And I was like, ‘No – just watch.’ ”

To build the Hollywood Boathouses, more than a dozen angular houses cantilevered over Cahuenga Pass, he sought craftsmen who could work on the hillside suspended by ropes.

“Luckily, I found a group of [Norwegian] shipbuilders who repaired churches,” he said. Curbed website. “They worked with hand axes and saws, and really didn’t speak English very well, except for one guy. But, they said they could do it, and for them it was fun, just like building a ship in Norway.

Mr Gesner’s buildings won him the admiration of architects including Jorn Utzon, who is said to have modeled his design of the Sydney Opera House in part after the Wave House, and Richard Meier, who lived at the Scantlin house and insisted on its preservation while overseeing the construction of the Getty Center.

His work has also led to commissions by discerning clients. In 1980, Marlon Brando hired Mr. Gesner to renovate his Beverly Hills mansion and design an estate on Tetiaroa, the actor’s private atoll in French Polynesia, where Mr. Gesner laid out plans for an island getaway that included a roof covered in woven pandanus leaves, a floor made from polished coral, and an 18-meter-long aquarium that the actor planned to fill with sharks and moray eels.

But plans fell apart after Brando changed his mind about what he wanted, according to Mr Gesner. In an interview with Architectural Summary, he described the actor as “very bedroom-focused”, adding that their conversations were often interrupted by a visitor: Marlon would disappear for half an hour. I was just sitting there and reading a book.

As Mr. Gesner said, he was uniquely suited to become an architect, coming from a family with deep roots in art and engineering. His grandfather Alexander Harmer was one of Southern California’s leading 19th-century painters, and his uncle Jack Northrop was an influential aircraft designer who helped develop stealth aircraft and long-range bombers.

“The genes,” Mr. Gesner liked to say, “were all in line for me.”

The eldest of two sons, he was born Harry Harmer Gesner in Oxnard, California on April 28, 1925. His mother was an artist whose great-grandfather had served the Spanish and Mexican governments as head of the presidio of Santa Barbara, and her father was an engineer who raced cars, flew planes, and surfed Hawaii with Duke Kahanamoku. When he landed a job with Douglas Aircraft, the family moved to Santa Monica.

Mr. Gesner developed an interest in architecture while delivering newspapers, admiring the varied design of homes on his paper route. He then filled notebooks with sketches of European castles and cathedrals he saw while serving in the army during World War II.

According to Lisa Germany’s book ‘Houses of the Sundown Sea’, an investigation into his career, Mr Gesner was injured in an artillery attack in Germany’s Hürtgen Forest and nearly lost both his legs to of frostbite before being sent home in 1944 to recuperate. . He then studied at Yale University, where he audited an architecture course and made drawings that impressed Frank Lloyd Wright, who invited him to study at his school in Arizona.

Mr. Gesner turned him down, seeking to develop his own style while learning from an uncle in Santa Barbara who introduced him to carpenters and stonemasons, craftsmen who taught him the basics of building.

He designed an adobe house for his parents in Los Angeles, and in 1954 completed one of his first major commissions, a Hollywood bachelor pad for swimsuit executive Fred Cole. Loosely inspired by traditional Polynesian huts, the house featured a steep roof, bamboo curtains and a triangle-shaped pool with a gas jet that sent flames into the air. “In terms of notoriety,” Mr. Gesner said of the project, “it got my name out there.”

Mr. Gesner’s marriages to Audrey Hawthorne, Patty Townsend and Pat Alexander ended in divorce. In 1968, he attended a reception honoring one of his former high school classmates, actress Nan Martin, who lived in New York and had a son, Casey Dolan, from a previous marriage. She later recalled Mr. Gesner looking at her from across the room and saying, “I’ve been waiting for you all my life.”

She quickly packed up and moved in with him in California, where they were married in 1969. Mr. Gesner built them a new home, the Sandcastle, which featured a large brick chimney designed to reflect sound, so that Martin can give home readings. She died in 2010.

In addition to her stepson, of Port Townsend, Washington, survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Tara Tanzer-Cartwright of Proctorsville, Vt.; a son from his third marriage, Jason Gesner of Burgdorf, Colorado; a son from his fourth marriage, Zen Gesner of Malibu; and five grandchildren.

Mr. Gesner continued working into his 90s, developing a new windmill design and an eco-friendly structure called the Freestanding Tent, which is meant to withstand heavy snowfall and high winds. He said he had no interest in retiring.

“I’m looking for a way to be reborn, you know, physically,” he told Vanity Fair in 2007, at age 82. “My father, he was fabulous. At the time of his death, he was 80 years old. He’d had a massive heart attack, and I was there by his side, and he was like, ‘Harry…I can’t wait for the next experience.’ That says it all.

]]> We had the “worst house on the street” – after two years it’s now our dream house… but people say it’s basic Sun, 12 Jun 2022 17:04:00 +0000

DECORING an entire house can be a lot of work.

Especially when it comes to tearing down walls and adding extensions.


Their house looked pretty average to begin with.Credit: TikTok/renovateahouseinhouse
The finished house looked so basic according to some viewers


The finished house looked so basic according to some viewersCredit: TikTok/renovateahouseinhouse

But this family decided to do just that and even documented the whole thing online.

Owner Louise recently shared a ICT Tac share the whole process of complete home change.

When they first bought the detached house, it looked a bit run down, but nothing that couldn’t be easily fixed.

Although Louise felt it was the worst house on the street, other people thought it looked better than most houses and didn’t need a lot of work.

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But they decided to go ahead with the renovations, going even further and transforming the house into the modern home of their dreams.

In the video, Louise showed that the house was “torn up” with almost nothing left in its original state.

They then added a large extension, as well as a loft conversion, she admitted, “it gets a lot worse before it gets better”.

They even spent the money to add a spike on the rough so it would match the rest of the houses on the road.

Finally the house began to come together and Louise’s vision was not too far off.

But when she revealed the finished house, people thought it looked pretty basic.

The bathroom, which was supposed to have “hotel vibes”, actually looked plain and boring, according to some viewers.

Although Louise insisted it was her dream home, it was hard to see much of her personality in the property as it was predominantly grey.

One person said, “The house was cute before you ripped its soul apart, why not just buy some land and build a new one? Doesn’t make sense to me.”

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A second added: ‘All very white and vanilla. It would have been much nicer to keep the interior modern but 30s inspired.’

A third joked: “Boring kitchen.”

They started from scratch with the renovation


They started from scratch with the renovationCredit: TikTok/renovateahouseinhouse
Hotel vibe was just dull for some viewers


Hotel vibe was just dull for some viewersCredit: TikTok/renovateahouseinhouse
Everything was torn up to make way for the dream house


Everything was torn up to make way for the dream houseCredit: TikTok/renovateahouseinhouse
Need a break from MLB? Check out college summer baseball. Thu, 09 Jun 2022 00:31:00 +0000
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It looks like it’s been a long summer for Washington-area baseball fans. The Nationals are 21-36 (21 wins, 35 losses) heading into Wednesday’s game, fourth-worst in Major League Baseball. The nearby Baltimore Orioles aren’t much better at 24-33.

What’s a baseball fan supposed to do? My advice is to check out the college summer leagues. It is leagues from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to Alaska. If you’re outside the DC area this summer, check online to see if there’s one nearby. Washington area baseball fans have the Cal Ripken’s Collegiate Baseball League (CRCBL).

What is the CRCBL? It is a top college baseball league with seven teams in the Washington area. There are teams in the District (Gray DC), Maryland (Bethesda’s Great Train, Gaithersburg Giants, Olney Cropdusters, Silver Spring – Takoma Thunderbolts) and Virginia (Ace of AlexandriaMetro SOCO Braves in Lorton).

The CRCBL grew out of the Clark Griffith Collegiate Baseball League which began in 1945. Teams in this league used to play games on the Ellipse, the park which is only one home circuit away. White in Washington.

Now teams play a 36-game schedule in June and July at small baseball diamonds where kids can get closer to the action. They can even chase foul balls flying through the stands or get autographs from their favorite players.

Some of the ballparks are lovely. The Grays play their games at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, which is nestled among townhouses in a neighborhood near Fort Dupont in southeast Washington. At Montgomery Blair High School, where the Thunderbolts play, you can see firefighters sitting outside their stations watching the action beyond the left field fence.

But Povich Field, where the Bethesda Big Train plays, is the best. Named after former Washington Post sports columnist Shirley Povich, the 750-seat stadium is surrounded by Cabin John Regional Park. You can watch a baseball game and eat an ice cream cone as the sun sets behind the trees in right field.

You will be watching top flight baseball. Players come from colleges across the country to play in the CRCBL. Players use wooden bats because Major League Baseball scouts want to see how college stars do with the same bats the pros use.

The league’s website says more than 75 former CRCBL players went on to play professional ball, including dozens who reached the major leagues.

Brandon LoweTampa Bay Rays second baseman, and Hunter Renfroe, the Milwaukee Brewers right fielder, played several summers ago for the Bethesda Big Train. They must have learned something because Lowe hit 39 home runs last season and Renfroe blew 31.

It’s always great to see a talented young player before they go to the “show”, but most importantly, CRCBL games are good old-fashioned entertainment. The crackle of the bat. The flash of leather. Baseball on a hot summer night.

]]> Airdrie House and Home: Come home to quiet Cobblestone Creek Sun, 05 Jun 2022 18:00:00 +0000 Tucked away in a quiet corner of southwest Airdrie, directly south of Chinook Gate, Cobblestone Creek is a hidden gem along 24th Street.

Home can be so much more than the word implies.

Home is where we want to be at the end of a long day. It is the comfort of the familiar that embraces us as soon as we walk through the door.

Home should be a haven, a place to create memories and spend time with those we love the most. Home is where we go to relax and recharge.

This is precisely the environment that Melcor Developments Ltd. wanted to create when designing Cobblestone Creek, the new community of Airdrie.

“As we’ve all spent more time at home than ever before, we want to have a space we love that is a refuge from the chaos and uncertainty of our world,” said Ruth Price, project coordinator at Melcor Developments. . “Cobblestone Creek embodies this concept for us, as we have designed and planned many parks and community spaces to give residents a sense of calm and community.”

Serene and scenic – with mountain views to the west, a rural skyline to the south and the North Dry Creek to the east – this new Airdrie community is home to simple living in an idyllic location.

Tucked away in a quiet corner of southwest Airdrie, directly south of Chinook Gate, Cobblestone Creek is a hidden gem along 24th Street.

The community is designed for peaceful living with a network of parks, trails and recreational facilities that encourage a true sense of community with neighbors.

“Parks, green spaces and pathways are very important in making a community walkable and accessible,” Price said. “Getting out to walk or run, meet your neighbors and enjoy the outdoors enriches your life and ties in with our theme of ‘coming home to calm down’.”

The Cobblestone Creek Parks Master Plan includes many green spaces throughout the community, which will provide endless possibilities for residents. Parents can pack a picnic to dig in while their kids play in the open spaces. Or they can enjoy a coffee and a good chat with friends as they walk and take in the beauty of the cove.

A planned community garden could allow residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and potential scenic outdoor plazas could provide a variety of seating areas to relax and watch local squirrels, birds and butterflies.

There’s even the prospect of a naturalized park site and boardwalk, where interactive panels could describe native plants, the environmental reserve, and the creek the boardwalk crosses.

Families will be delighted to find fantastic school offerings close to Windsong Heights and other adjacent South West Airdrie communities, as well as a future K-9 public school site located within the development. The future nine-acre school site could potentially offer an ice rink, tennis court, pickleball courts, soccer fields and a basketball court.

On top of all this, Cobblestone Creek’s ideal location is opposite the site of Airdrie’s future new Leisure Center – due to open in 2025 – and offers excellent access and links to the regional park. Chinook Winds. At the regional park, owners will find more than two kilometers of paved trails, three playgrounds, a skate park, a seasonal spray park, a multipurpose field, two seasonal concessions, public restrooms, a toboggan run, four beach volleyball and eight ball courts.

With construction of the 40 Avenue Interchange and bridge well advanced, scheduled to open in October 2023, access to the Queen Elizabeth II Freeway will be just a six-minute drive away. This will facilitate visits to CrossIron Mills Mall, Costco, New Horizon Mall and the City of Calgary. And a plethora of restaurants, banking options, shopping, and grocery stores are just a short drive down Cobblestone Creek at the Bayside Village Mall, Coopers Town Boardwalk, and Sierra Springs Mall.

Described by Price as having the aesthetic of “modern living for modern families with a small town vibe in an urban setting”, Cobblestone Creek features homes from Douglas Homes, Excel Homes, Rohit Communities and Shane Homes.

“Our builders are our customers and partner with us to develop our vision for our communities,” Price said. “We have long-standing partnerships with our builders and are confident they share our vision of creating communities in line with our vision.”

With the variety of products offered, buyers will have a wide selection of designs, floor plans and finishes to choose from. Currently, semi-detached homes are available at Douglas Homes and Rohit Communities, while Excel Homes and Shane Homes offer hallway single-family homes and front-wheel drive single-family homes.

“For our new phase – which will be released soon – we have a new product offering of homes without a lot line,” Price said. “This product is used often in the city of Calgary, but is a new product to the Airdrie market.”

Price said a no-lot product “essentially allows a first-time home buyer to own a single-family home with four walls.”

“A buyer who could only have qualified for the price range of a duplex or a semi-detached home would now have a single-family home as another purchase option,” Price said. “Price for a first-time home buyer is of the utmost importance and the non-lot line product provides more options for buyers in this price range.”

The development will include over 1,200 residential units when complete and, as is the goal of all Melcor communities, provides an option for every homebuyer, regardless of household income or lifestyle.

Founded in 1923, Melcor is an Alberta-based company that has built thousands of homes and hundreds of communities across the province. The developer has been responsible for many thriving communities in Airdrie and has been building in the city for over 25 years.

Show homes are currently under construction in the first phase of Cobblestone Creek and are expected to open soon.

“We are excited to be planning a grand show home opening for late summer as the community comes to terms with our vision,” Price said.

Phase one includes a mix of mid-range starters and movers, with more traditional starters – such as townhouses and no-lots – expected to be available in phase two.

“We are working on releasing our second phase of 116 lots to our builder group in June,” Price said.

With all the community has to offer, there’s plenty to cheer about in Cobblestone Creek.

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Sandeep Salter takes a family trip to Italy with her new collection of Breezy summer dresses Fri, 03 Jun 2022 17:42:18 +0000

Photo: Courtesy of Salter House

London-born, Brooklyn-based Sandeep Salter and her husband Carson opened their sustainable homeware cafe and shop, Salter House, in 2018. Over time, they expanded into designing and developing their own in-house collections, with a particular focus on clothing. “As my designs and collaborations with artists have become more central, we now see the project as a design ‘house‘ for clothing and homeware,” says Sandeep. The evolution made sense, given that their stores (Salter House joined Picture Room, an art boutique and gallery) became a hamlet for their close-knit community of friends and neighbors to come together and mix things up. professional, family and creative.

For their in-house collection, the Salters collaborate with multi-generational makers around the world, namely Italy, such as Rampini Ceramics for their new line of ceramic tableware and Atelier Bomba for unique bespoke knitwear, which they will be launching later this year. “Connecting with these manufacturers is important, but just learning about the generations-old retail businesses is incredibly inspiring,” says Sandeep. In April, the couple and their two young daughters, Lowe and Eta, decided to take a road trip from Rome to Venice in seven days, visiting the makers and collaborators at Salter House, before taking a walk to join their friends in Venice. to celebrate their work. at the Biennial. “We’re hoping for a long game with Salter House, so it was both uplifting and motivating to see how companies that have stood the test of time continue to produce great work and have carved out a place for themselves,” adds Sandeep.

Work and home life have always been smooth for the couple, as Sandeep has brought her daughters to studio visits and get-togethers since they were breastfeeding. But as the first trip with their daughters abroad since the pandemic, this one was particularly significant. “My best defense against anxious children is food, so we planned our days and our movements around our meals,” says Sandeep. “My daughters are 6 and 9 years old; my eldest was a real soldier – she can handle late nights and long walks home!

Sandeep packed up perfectly for the fickle spring weather, including plenty of pieces from their new summer collection which were easy to layer and blend, as well as the workshop coat (which returns in an improved version later in June). The collection is made from Japanese organic cotton and Liberty London tana cotton lawn, making it a lightweight, versatile and efficient travel wardrobe. “I packed my Emme Parsons leather flats and MNZ black pumps for parties; I can cover a lot of ground with these shoes!

Below, Sandeep Salter shares her seven-day travel diary through Italy.

BACKGROUNDER: Delivering on Tulsa Pledges to Build Black Wealth Wed, 01 Jun 2022 18:20:21 +0000

A year ago, to commemorate the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, President Biden announced two expanded efforts to help Black families and communities build wealth through homeownership and entrepreneurship. .


  • Launched a first-of-its-kind, interagency initiative to address inequity in home appraisals, tasked with identifying and utilizing the levers available to the federal government to eradicate discrimination in the appraisal process and buying a house.
  • Announced a goal to increase the share of federal contracts going to disadvantaged small businesses (SDBs), including black and brown-owned small businesses, by 50% by 2025.

Since then, the Biden-Harris administration has taken swift action:

Eradicate Bias in the Home Appraisal Process

Homeownership is the biggest contributor to wealth creation for black and brown households, but bias in home valuations limits the ability of black and brown families to enjoy the financial returns associated with homeownership. ownership, thereby contributing to the already sprawling racial wealth gap.

In March, the Biden-Harris administration released the PAVE Action Plan, which when enacted will represent the most sweeping set of reforms ever proposed to advance fairness in the housing assessment process. The action plan details a set of more than 20 commitments and actions at all stages of the home appraisal process, including making the appraisal industry more accountable; give consumers essential information and assistance if they receive a lower-than-expectation rating; prevent algorithmic biases in the evaluation of houses; cultivating a well-educated appraisal profession that is reflective of the communities it serves; and leverage federal data and expertise to inform policy, practice and research on evaluation bias. You can read the PAVE action plan here.

Advancing Fairness in Federal Procurement

Increased federal spending on underserved businesses not only helps more Americans achieve their entrepreneurial dreams, but also reduces persistent wealth disparities. According to an analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers, differences in business ownership account for 20% of the wealth gap between average white and black households.

Recognizing this historic opportunity, the Biden-Harris administration passed a bold set of reforms to achieve the president’s goal of increasing the share of federal contracts to SDBs and increasing opportunity for all underserved businesses. These actions include:

  • For the first time, directing agencies to increase targets so that government-wide spending in FY22 results in 11% of contract dollars being allocated to disadvantaged small businesses, versus the current statutory target of 5%
  • Release, for the first time, disaggregated data on federal contract spending by race/ethnicity of business owner, a powerful tool for transparency and management
  • Implement major changes to the federal government’s use of “category management” to boost contracting opportunities for underserved small businesses
  • Increase the number of new entrants into the federal market and reverse the decline of the small business supplier base.